Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Chapter Last- Ready To Ride

full view of complete bike

Complete Renovelo

The Renovelo project is complete and delivered to the customer. The final steps were wrapping the handlebars and installing the SKS P45 fenders. The Fizik Micro-Tex tape has a really nice feel and appearance and I know it’s durable. The P-45 fenders are sized nominally for 700c wheels and tires, but the 650b Nifty Swiftys are close enough in overall diameter that the fenders fit quite well with just a little bit of tweaking.
1/4 view of complete bike

Bikes somehow look more complete with fenders

rear view showing fenders

Nice racing stripes on the SKS fenders.

Photo of the brakes hood/ramp transition

The Cane Creek brake levers have a shape that allows for a nice smooth, flat transition from the handlebar ramps. Good for comfort on those long days.

rear fender

A decent fender line with 650b tires requires nipping the ends off the fender stays for a little tighter radius.

sepia, front quarter shot

2 comments… add one
  • Andy Trail September 8, 2011, 10:10 am

    Hi, great looking build out.

    What’s you’re experience been with the Gilles Berthoud Aspin/Marie Blanc saddle?

    • Bike Hermit September 8, 2011, 3:01 pm

      Andy, I have the Aspin on my touring bike. For me it is the most supremely comfortable saddle I have ever used. The saddle is bolted to the main frame in order to make replacing parts easy. I found that one needs to carry the appropriate allen wrench to keep all the bolts tight. Also, I found out the hard way not to pick up a loaded touring bike by the back of the saddle. The rails popped out of the sockets in the saddle frame. Again, this is a feature that makes replacing parts easy and I was able to get it back together, but on tour outside of La Grange TX on a busy highway is not where I wanted to learn this!


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